Having served as president of a 75-member board (no, that’s not a typo) for six years, I know how dramatically the changing environment has affected the non-profit sector. There is tremendous competition for funding, as well as volunteers, which often results in an operational, rather than a strategic, focus. However, much of what applies to a for-profit organization applies to you as well.

Is the organization positioned to cope with these challenges? What was the last time you discussed your mission, vision and values? Are they a driving force for the organization? In order to ensure that your organization thrives despite today’s challenging conditions, you and your board need to be thinking strategically, adapting and preparing for the future.